Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23 Rum

70cl / 40%
Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23 Rum
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Customer Rating
An awesome rum – winner of a Platinum medal and ranked in First Place by the prestigious Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, with a whopping 97 points. Interestingly, now that industry giants Diageo are distributing Zacapa, the '23 years old' age statement has suddenly been dropped and replaced with a somewhat more plausible claim – the rums used are aged between 6 and 23 years old and are blended together in a solera.

Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23 Rum Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Judges' Comments from The International Cane Spirits Festival 2007

    Nose full or apricots, citrus fruits, vanilla, cocoa and bourbon; rich and full-bodied with spicy chocolate flavors and a pleasing tannic bite; very long finish, clean and rich with a lovely liqueur-like density.

    Award: Gold Medal, Best In Category (Aged Rums 15+ Years Old)

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    Colour:  Dark Mahogany.

    Body:  Dense, with marvellous complexities of aroma and flavour; thick legs that fall slowly.

    Nose:  Great intensity, sweet with notes of wood.  Sweet fruitiness, vanilla, almond, chocolate, toasted wood and delicate hints of spice.

    Taste:  Dense and exceptionally balanced, very long aftertaste.

    Finish: Attractive and evocative.  Elegant and noble.

73 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    13 November

    Great. Smooth and most enjoyable. Best sipping rum ever.

  • 5
    10 November

    Absolutely superb rum! Perhaps best ever, served to complement a key lime dessert. Delightful!

  • 4
    24 August

    At this price point, I found this to be a richly layered spirit reminiscent of bourbon due to the casks & blending used to create it. As far as sipping it 'neat', I recommend 4-5 drops of water be added to a scotch glass as would be appropriate for a good single malt.

  • 5
    27 July


  • 5
    24 May

    I am a british matelot nurtured on rum as a daily ration from our then colonies and of course south Africa. I have attended get together's from the renowned rum expert Brian Van Flandern but I have to say in all my experience of rum around the world and believe me I have done the round the world trip 8 times (and been paid for it) and drank most top quality rums including Chuck's premier "pussers" of Tortola and can say that zacapa is the finest smoothest rum either drank over a rock or sipped swirled from the edge of the glass. Nothing finer - believe me

  • 3
    23 May

    Was disappointed with this, dont feel it had the same flavour punch as the El Dorado 12yo and other, cheaper rums, probably not worth the price tag

  • 5
    15 April

    Nothing compares to Zacapa. I enjoy sipping my Zacapa made into an Old Fashion.

  • 2
    14 April

    After reading all the glowing reviews, I bought a bottle of this rum, and I am very disappointed. I have been a fan of Plantation 20th Anniversary for a long time, and think it is a tremendous, well balanced, rum. In the USA, I buy it for $35. The Solera costs $53. I have heard that the current owner of this rum producer has been tampering with the formula, so this may have been a great rum years ago, but no more.

  • 5
    25 March

    Simply marvellous.

  • 5
    5 February

    Bloody Brilliant all you Rum drinkers out there you will never go to a High Street Rum again.

  • 5
    6 January

    In my view Zacapa have made the best mature Rum I have ever had the good fortune to drink (sipping) with two ice rocks and a twist of orang peel,( heaven ) I have been sampeling this spirit since I was a child of Ten growing up in Licenced premises. I was never good with the Malts.

  • 5
    28 December 2016

    Very tasteful, better than Havana or Dictator

  • 5
    24 December 2016

    I hail from a rum producing nation but have to say hands down this rum is simply the smoothest sipping rum. I agree with my many serious rum drinkers below, no ice or chaser required. I also agree truth in the aging information. Even without the truth the taste tells the story. Cheers, Salut, Prosit

  • 5
    9 December 2016

    Tried this at a tasting in La Antigua, Guatemale its home. Thought is was fantastic, smooth and tasty, better than some Cognacs/Brandies in my opinion. Bought a bottle Home thinking we'd never be able to get it again. So pleased you stock it as it's going to be my after dinner drink of choice from now on. Advise everyone to try it I don't think you'll be disappointed. Just neat with a small ice cube, no mixers needed tfreat it as you would a good malt and its perfection. For a tasting try eating some really good dark chocolate with it and see what tastes you get, tip from the tasting.

  • 4
    8 December 2016

    Very decent sweetened rum but let's not beat around the bush... Diageo persisted with the "23 year old" rubbish for a long time before they finally decided that it was basically misleading. Big thanks to Richard Seale for pushing for honesty in rum production.

  • 5
    12 November 2016

    I have literally taken to this rum since it has been included in the Rum Shack at Spoons. Quite intoxifying. Subtle and smooth. One its own or as a base, lime cola and ice, cheers.

  • 5
    23 October 2016

    Perfectly aged rum, full of flavor and sugarcane taste, enjoy with one cube of ice. Maybe best the rum that can compete with a good single malt as an alternate.

  • 5
    16 October 2016

    Absolutely perfect. No ice, no water needed. A brandy glass lets this wonderful rum breathe just enough without allowing the wonderful aromas to escape. This rum is as complex as some very nice single malts. For those stating this rum is made from molasses, you may be reviewing the wrong product. The bottle clearly states this rum emerges from the first press of Virgin sugar cane. Regardless, after one sip, you won't care if it's from sugar, molasses, or cocoa puffs. It's simply amazing.

  • 5
    15 September 2016

    This is delicious. Firstly you get lost in the swirls of liquid inside your glass and then with a sip you forget all your troubles. This is my favourite rum right now. The way it coats your mouth and covers your tongue with a richness and warmth is just divine.

  • 5
    19 July 2016

    Move over Grand Marnier, found me a new drink

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